Charity starts at home for Kemp 2009: Glendale Ariz

Charity starts at home for Kemp


- To watch Matt Kemp on a baseball field is to realize there aren't a lot of things the Dodgers outfielder can't do. He can launch a ball into the stratosphere, or at least onto Dodger Stadium's left-field loge level, which he reached a couple of years ago. He can make scouts' eyes practically pop out of their heads, which he used to do routinely as a late-blooming high schooler back in Oklahoma. The one thing Kemp can't do, it seems, is the one thing he would most like to do. "I want to be able to play catch with my little brother," he said. "I want to be able to do normal things with him. That's why I decided to get involved with this foundation." Kemp's half-brother, Carlton, is 14, and he can't play catch because he suffers from autism. According to his big brother, he can't communicate especially well, and he strongly prefers being alone to being in the company of other kids his age. It is a disorder that is widely misunderstood and widely ignored by people who aren't forced to live with it or aren't close to someone who suffers from it. Kemp and his family don't have the luxury of ignoring it. So when Kemp's San Diego-based agent, former Dodgers pitcher Dave Stewart, asked him recently if there was a charitable cause he wanted to latch on to, Kemp didn't hesitate.

Talk About Curing Autism, a non-profit organization headquartered in Costa Mesa and staffed almost entirely by mothers


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